Woman PSI helps family in distress in Mangaluru | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: A woman Police Sub-Inspector attached to the Barke police station in Mangaluru has won much appreciation for her acts of kindness, the latest being to help a paan seller’s family in distress.
ASHA workers, who have been visiting homes to check for people suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, on Wednesday came across a paan seller from Uttar Pradesh who works in the city and stays in Barke Police station limits. They found his son, a class 2 boy, to be Covid-19 positive. They wanted him to be admitted to hospital, but the family was not ready to send the boy alone to the district Wenlock Hospital. The worried workers approached Shobha, 50, sub-inspector, Barke police station.
She told TOI, “When I went to the spot, I realised that communication was a problem. The paan seller had no business since the lockdown kicked in and the family couldn’t return to UP because they didn’t the money. The couple and their two sons (the elder one tested positive) were staying in a rented house. I saw that they hardly had any rations at home. The man told me the family was not willing to send the son to hospital as they wouldn’t be able to meet him or be with him.”
The ASHA workers then contacted doctors and since the patient was asymptomatic, they said he could be in home isolation and the family has been quarantined. Shobha said: “The family needed a medical kit. I bought it for them, along with home essentials that will be sufficient for the next 10 days. Soon, neighbours came forward to help the family and assured they would drop off milk and other essential items at their doorstep.”
Social worker Deepu Shettigar said, “There have been several instances when the SI has gone out of her way to help the needy. During the lockdown, when a mentally disturbed lady was throwing stones on the street and nobody dared go near her, she not only rushed to help the lady but also made sure she was enrolled in an ashram. Whenever we need any help, we reach out to her. She has redefined people-friendly policing.”

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